In Interprise you can have Shipping methods that can relate to a Carrier. This plugin allows you to create files for your chosen Carrier. Then the carrier software prints the label, books a delivery and emails the customer a tracking code. Or you can integrate to 3rd parties like Metapack, CCL or Shipmate that integrate with many carriers and can direct the parcel based on rules etc.
We would expect a user in the normal sales order process to print pick notes, go and pick the goods, confirm pick (which creates an invoice) and then email the invoice etc. At some stage probably around confirm pick they will want to print the labels and book a delivery etc. We have an option (similar to confirm pick screen) called “Send Orders” to Metapack / CCL / Shipmate or specific Carriers.
We can tick the orders and click OK they will be sent to Metapack or Shipmate or CCL using the API or a Carrier file is created. We also have an option to print labels for your own transport or send the file to a 3rd party warehouse.
Shipmate are a company that integrate to multiple carriers based on rules like weight, next day, volume etc. So the sales order information is brought into Shipmate to then book deliveries, print labels, email the customer the tracking information etc. This offers good value for money when dealing with multiple carriers.
CCL are a company that also integrate to multiple carriers based on rules like weight, next day, volume etc. So the sales order information is brought into CCL to then book deliveries, print labels, email the customer the tracking information etc.
Metapack is a company like Shipmate and CCL that specialise in deliveries and interfacing with all the carriers. Whichever carrier you use they can integrate to it saving all the hassle of creating links with each one.